Food festivals don’t need to be all about meat – there are some fantastic and vegetarian and vegan food festivals across the country to indulge in some guilt-free treats. Well, this summer is the season for you, as vegan and vegetarian festival season is right around the corner! Enjoy this list of food festivals around North America and find a group of like-minded individuals near you.
Edison, New Jersey – June 17; Fort Lauderdale, Florida – December 2
Complete with plant-based food and cruelty free products, come for the tasty bites, stay for the entertainment and community. With locations in New Jersey, servicing the tri-state area and Florida, everyone along the east coast and sink their teeth into something not only cruelty free but delicious.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
New York City, New York – May 20-21
Fully vegan with not an animal byproduct in sight, the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is a day full of a variety of activities, sure to please anyone with any diet. Enjoy keynote speakers, cooking demonstrations, as well as a kids area for your little ones. Complete with T-shirts and totes to show off your veggie pride, this is the perfect way to take a break from your busy life and enjoy yourself!
Eat Drink Vegan
Pasadena, California – May 27
Barely half an hour from Los Angeles, Eat Drink Vegan is the go-to destination for West Coasters eating a plant based diet. Formerly known as The Vegan Beer & Food Festival, the event has been renewed and now offers delectable bites from over 75 restaurants. If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy unlimited pours of over 250 drinks! Happening in The Rose Bowl, this festival is sure to be one you won’t soon forget.
Baltimore, Maryland – August 26
Perfect for the whole family, the Vegan SoulFest is more than just food – it’s a celebration. With a DJ playing your favorite tunes and vendors offer your favorite foods, the festival is also a location to have an open discussion about animal rights and social justice. Let your passion fly as you get your grub on in beautiful Baltimore.
Vegan Food and Drink Festival
Toronto – August 19; Chicago – June 10; New York – September 30
Occurring in not one but three locations, the Vegan Food and Drink Festival promises not just wine and spirits but an array of comfort food. Sink your teeth into a savory burger after sipping on the finest of wines. This event comes with no guilt – not a single animal was harmed in the making of this delectable festival. Across all three shows, over 18,000 people have come together to enjoy the beauties and peacefulness of a plant-based diet.
DC Veg Fest
District of Colombia, September 2
Offering not just free admission but free food samples as well, the DC Veg Fest is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The first 1000 attendees even receive a free goody bag! Enjoy live music as you munch on food from over 130 vendors, and sip delightfully in the beer garden. There is also a kids activity area for your lovable tykes. Feeling like you need a stretch? Enjoy a parents and kids yoga session in between festivities.
Texas Veggie Fair
Dallas, Texas – October 21
Boasted as the largest fair of its kind in the state, the Texas Veggie Fair is completely run by a group of dedicated, like-minded volunteers. With attendee numbers reaching over 10,000, the event is free and open to the public. Enjoy food all while learning about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle through music, keynote speakers, and activities.
NOLA Veggie Fest
New Orleans, Louisiana – May 13-14
Also offering free admission, the NOLA Veggie Fest is presented by the Humane Society of Louisiana. Filled to the brim with talented music artists, the event also features a silent auction in addition to an array of plant-based treats to much on. Dating back as far as 1990, enjoy a growing piece of history and the robust life of New Orleans.
Veg Fest Colorado
A 2 day experience, Veg Fest Colorado is an vegan-centric experience for the entire family. Complete with a Kid’s Kingdom, come hungry and leave full of delectable vegan food as well as knowledge and the power to make eco-friendly decisions.
Spokane Veg Fest
Spokane, Washington – July 22
Located at a local community college, the Spokane Veg Fest includes renowned chefs from around the country. From cooking demos to live music and fantastic speakers, enjoy a space dedicated to those who wish to make the world a better place – one meal at a time.